Austin Capps has been waiting for this day for 11 months. On Wednesday, Capps finally signed a National Letter of Intent to play for his hometown Arkansas Razorbacks.
The school and coach Bret Bielema welcomed Capps to the Razorbacks family on Twitter Wednesday morning.
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) February 3, 2016
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016
The defensive tackle will provide Arkansas some beef up the middle and could be an impact player right away as a starter or depth player.
Capps seemed destined to play for the Razorbacks. He attended several Arkansas camps since 2013 and received a scholarship offer on June 11, 2013, according to 247Sports.com. He committed to Arkansas on March 9, 2015 and remained true to his commitment the rest of the way despite a slew of other enticing offers from major programs. Louisville, Ole Miss and Mississippi State all offered Capps a scholarship during his recruitment.
Capps is truly a hog at 6-foot-3-and-a-half and 307 pounds. He joins Bret Bielema’s 4-3 front that will be replacing one senior along the defensive line. With a strong summer, Capps could insert himself right into DeMarcus Hodge’s starting spot, but he will have some competition with sophomore Bijhon Jackson and fellow Class of 2016 commit Briston Guidry.
The four-star recruit was rated as the second-best player in the state and the No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation. He might be overshadowed by a loaded class of talented defensive tackles.
Capps is a homegrown talent. He grew up just 252 miles away from Fayetteville, Ark., in Star City, Ark. and played for Star City High School. He was a beast during his senior season with the Bulldogs He recorded 86 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five sacks with a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and a blocked extra point, according to 247Sports.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite